Cold Steel uses only traditional materials for
their Japanese sword's fittings. The Tsuba (guard), Fuchi (collar), and
Kashira (pommel), are expertly made and finely crafted from black iron. The
Habaki (blade collar), is hand made out of polished brass and each hilt is
covered in same' (ray skin) and tightly wrapped in the traditional style with
teal-green cord. A beautiful brass Menuki ( a small, ornamental sculpture inserted
between the ray skin and the cord wrappings on the handle) enhances the
sword's aesthetic appearance and makes for a sword that is as traditional as
possible. Comes complete with a black lacquered wood scabbard, a blue travel bag
and a fine silk display bag.
The classic Japanese battle sword in all its incarnations
has been celebrated for centuries, not only for its elegant lines and simple
beauty, but also for the technique and skill that went into its construction.
Most swords offered today are interpretive copies of antiquities from feudal
Japan. They were made for warrior's of small stature who seldom rose above
five and a half feet. As skillfully designed as these swords are, they may not
be perfectly suited for the twenty first century warrior, who benefited from
contemporary advances in childhood nutrition and healthcare and grew up to be a
substantially taller, stronger, and more athletic version of his historical
As a way of compensating for this size disparity, Cold Steel has created the
Dragonfly Series. These swords feature thicker, wider and heavier blades, which
in respect to heat treatment, polish, quality of furnishings, and attention to
detail, but with a few new departures.
Most noticeable are the distinctive teal-green silk cord-wrap and black same'
(ray skin) used on the handles and the black iron furniture that bears the
dragonfly motif. Also, the polished blades are more strongly curved than our
Imperial blades and terminate in a long 'iris leaf' point for maximum
cutting and slashing potential. Additionally, these swords come with two
protective bags. There is a blue travel bag and an intricately decorative display bag that's made
from the finest heavy silk metallic brocade.
Weight: 48.2 oz.
Blade Thick: 5/16"
Blade Length: 29 1/2"
Handle: 12" Black same' (ray skin). Teal-Green braid cord with brass Menuki
Steel: 1050 High Carbon Spring Steel
Overall Length: 41 1/2"
Sheath: Black Lacquered Wood Scabbard
From Cold Steel
List Price - $900
Our Price - $600
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